The Eagles won that Lombardi Trophy without their starting quarterback (Carson Wentz), Pro Bowl left tackle (Jason Peters), middle linebacker (Jordan Hicks) and Pro Bowl return specialist (Darren Sproles) because of injuries. All are back in 2018.
The Packers missed the playoffs last season with a 7-9 record in large part because their perennial MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers missed nine games with a fractured right collarbone. He’s healthy and back on the field in 2018.
Former Eagles’ and Browns’ executive Joe Banner details what the Kirk Cousins’ deal does for quarterbacks who follow, saying the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers is now “empowered” to go to a different place with his next deal.
Kirk Cousins is coming off a third consecutive 4,000-yard season with the Redskins, having passed for 4,093 yards with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The Vikings gave him a three-year contract that guarantees him $84 million.
In his three years there as a starter in Buffalo, Tyrod Taylor passed for 8,857 yards and 51 touchdowns and also rushed for 1,575 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also won more games (23) than he lost (20).
Kirk Cousins finished seventh in the NFL last season with 4,093 passing yards – his third consecutive 4,000-yard season. He finished eighth with 27 TD passes, more than past NFL MVPs Drew Brees (26) and Matt Ryan (20).
What’s the value of the NFL receiving champion? Jarvis Landry is about to find out. He set a franchise record with 112 catches in becoming the first Dolphin to win an NFL receiving crown since O.J. McDuffie in 1998.
Big weekend for Michigan State quarterbacks. Brian Lewerke led the Spartans to an upset victory over Penn State, Kirk Cousins led Redskins to an upset victory at Seattle and Drew Stanton led the Cardinals to a victory over San Francisco in his first start of the season.
Washington’s hope lies in the arm of quarterback Kirk Cousins, who passed for almost 5,000 yards last season as the Redskins finished third in the NFL in passing. But two of his top targets from a year ago are gone.
Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys finished 1-2 in the voting for the NFL Rookie of the Year in 2016 and both will be a year better in 2017. Elliott led the NFL in rushing by 300 yards and scored a conference-leading 16 touchdowns.
Tony Romo and Dez Bryant return in 2016 from injuries and the Cowboys hope to replace the lost DeMarco Murray production with first-round draft pick Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State. Ten-time Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten also is back along with the best offensive line in football.